Djokovic seemed agitated at times and twice turned to his box to remonstrate about an unspecified issue during the first set. Moreover, in the third set, Djokovic tussled to stay in the tournament and broke the Croat in the eighth game which happened to be the rock-bottom for his 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 quarterfinal victory.
Khachanov is the first Russian to win a Masters title since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009.
When in more peril at break point down at 3-3, he delivered an wonderful game-saving backhand at full stretch, which perhaps helped break Cilic's spirit. "He can really hurt you".
Federer and Nishikori held serve with relative ease early on in their quarter-final before the 20-time grand slam champion stepped up the pace at 4-4.
A Federer backhand drifted wide to hand Djokovic the lead, although two more break points passed the Serb by in the first game of the second set with the Swiss on the ropes.
Federer thrust his arms into the air, the crowd rose to their feet in sheer disbelief.
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The Argentinean attacker has travelled with the squad, despite not being past fit by the medical team. At the back, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Langlet and Jordi Alba are all likely to start.
"It's a breakthrough season".
"It means the world to me", he said. "But I played really well".
Djokovic was a firm favourite to match Rafael Nadal's record tally of 33 ATP Masters 1000 titles, but Khachanov outlined his promise by coming from a break down to secure a 7-5 6-4 victory.
Federer, the 2011 champion in Paris, last beat Djokovic at the ATP Tour Finals in 2015 and was comprehensively beaten by his long-time rival in the Cincinnati Masters final on the eve of the US Open this year.
"I'm going to be number one tomorrow, officially".
"I need to keep on working with my team and to improve day by day and to compete with guys like Novak at the biggest tournaments more consistently". This is a minor blip in a remarkable five-month period, ... "I'm getting into (the) season finale feeling good about my game".
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After the welcome remarks by President Akufo-Addo, the meeting between him and Prince Charles retired into a closed-door session. Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla , Duchess of Cornwall , have arrived in Gambia for a three-day visit.
The 31-year-old, now unbeaten in 22 matches, is a four-time victor of the Paris Masters. Marat Safin won it three times before that.
"And this title, it's a good year-end". I'm just pleased to be in the semis.
Khachanov recorded his third straight Top 10 win at the Paris Masters after shocking John Isner and Alexander Zverev.
Djokovic had his personal-best winning sequence of 30 consecutive sets ended in Bercy as Cilic played nearly flawlessly aggressive tennis to draw first blood in a magnificent duel.
Djokovic, who has been an impervious force over the past four months, said, "The quality of his serve tonight was quite incredible, to be honest. So maybe it was in the back of my mind".
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Kemp and Abrams , a former state representative, have battled over voting rights and access for years in the Deep South state. The rally included speeches from Dawn Randolph, candidate for public service commissioner, U.S.